IPL 2020 suspended till April 15 amid coronavirus fears

The IPL 2020, scheduled to begin from March 29, has been suspended till April 15 to tackle the growing threat of the coronavirus.

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The IPL 2020, scheduled to begin from March 29, has been suspended till April 15 to tackle the growing threat of the Coronavirus.

"The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience," said a press release.

"The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard," it further added.

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On Friday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the State Government will ban IPL 2020 in the wake of coronavirus. The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier advised the BCCI not to go ahead with the Indian Premier League (IPL) “at this time” but left it to the discretion of the board.

“There have been conflicting advisories from various quarters, so on Saturday, we will sit down with all the stakeholders and take a holistic approach for deciding the future course of action,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had told Sportstar on Thursday.

While Dhumal confirmed that representatives of all eight franchisees along with those from the broadcaster have been invited for the meeting, he said it would be premature to discuss overseas players’ participation.

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